Justice for Cornelius
On May 1, 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, MI, which is run by a national for-profit company Sequel Youth and Family Services. Such egregious use of force and tragic loss of life is appalling. Cornelius’s life mattered. We are asking for your participation in getting justice for Cornelius.
Cornelius's death at a Sequel facility highlights the harms faced by youth at for-profit facilities. Years of experience with for-profit juvenile and adult facilities shows privatization often leads to a variety of harmful outcomes, such as dangerous conditions, incentives to incarcerate kids longer, and prioritizing profits over public safety.
We are demanding:
Lakeside Academy should be immediately closed.
No for-profit facilities should be allowed to manage confined youths.
Youth who ran away from the facility in the aftermath should not be punished.
All investigations into the incident should be public record.
A state-level position, such as juvenile justice ombudsman, should be created to provide greater oversight of private facilities and ensure accountability.
WWMT - 5/08/20
MLive - 5/07/20
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CW7 - 5/07/20
More than 30 students at Lakeside Academy test positive for COVID-19
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WWMT - 5/02/20
WOOD TV-8 - 5/01/20
Records: Program where teen died has a history of violations